Creating circular food systems in East New York where urban agriculture and the arts cultivates food sovereignty, economic reparations, and social capital for Brooklyn and beyond
Alexis is a collaborative systems designer and community organizer. As a young graffiti artist, Alexis found a visual language to collaborate and create community. Over the next two decades, Alexis built their craft through public art, placekeeping, and participatory programming to emerge as a leader cultivating the future of urban environments. Wielding the skillsets of a community chef, teacher, farmer, muralist, carpenter, and organizer Alexis has been able to facilitate trainings and workshops that not only provide actionable skills but incubate the next generation of world builders.
Now, Alexis is creating Universe City NYC, a farming and food porthub that aims to vertically integrate Brownsville’s food supply chain, from growing to packaging, distribution, and waste management that brings economic benefits to local residents. By creating a food hub and permanent infrastructure in order to cultivate food sovereignty within BIPOC communities across the state, Universe City builds spaces for worker owned cooperatives and local entrepreneurs to thrive. Alexis is committed to facilitating the creation of data driven, citizen science led initiatives that bring autonomy and self determination to residents based on the foundations of grassroot movements within social, economic, environmental justice, and transmuting the legacy of infrastructural and systemic racism.
Alt text: Black and white photograph of Alexis Mena, founder of UniverseCity